Hello, beautiful Friends, and welcome to Themed Furniture Thursday!! If you’re new around here, welcome!! A bunch of us crazy DIY girls get together once a month to share a furniture makeover. The catch is that everyone’s makeovers have to follow a theme! Feel free to check out all my previous themed makeovers HERE.
I gave you a peek at what I would be sharing today on Tuesday.
If you missed it, here it is again:
Not that it was only $20, which was awesome, but that it is dated for November of 2014! This one has been hanging around a long time and I have proof! I can’t tell you how good it feels to finally get these older finds done and out of my to-do pile!
What was holding this one up for so long is the fact that it is nothing but spindles, and I just wasn’t looking forward to tackling this all with a brush. Plus the finish was terrible:
This month’s theme is layers, so of course my first thought was paint layers. And that’s exactly what I went with:
Can you see the layers? NO? Let me take you in for a closer look:
I’ve added a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
And how did I combat all those spindles??
Meet my arsenal:
I started by cutting the footboard in half using my miter saw:
So that the top of the sides would meet the back at just the right place…
I clamped the sides to the back as pictured above, making sure everything was level as I went. (You’ll want to be sure you create your bench on a level surface as well.)
I usually connect the sides to the back using my Kreg Jig Jr, but I wasn’t able to use that here since the side pieces were spindles and not flat. So from the back, I pre-drilled a hole through the back and into the spindle at the top of the side where it meets the back, using a 1/8″ drill bit:
I followed with a 3/8″ drill bit just barely into the surface there, to allow me to countersink the screw a bit. (I never thought to countersink them until I read this post from my friend Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule not too long ago.)
Then I screwed the back to the sides using a 3″ wood screw.
Then I was able to go back and fill in the holes with Elmer’s Wood Filler, completely hiding them.
After attaching both side pieces, I attached a front piece to connect the two across the front, making sure it was level with the back piece. That is what the seat slats will sit on. I did use my Kreg Jig Jr for that piece. (See how easy that is to do HERE.)
And I filled in all the holes, and sanded them with 220 grit sandpaper when they were dry.
To make the seat slats, I found these slats from my son’s old twin bed that were perfect:
I cut them to fit with my miter saw, but decided to start painting everything before attaching them to the bench.
I started with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray Primer. It took two cans to do all the slats and the bench.
Then I followed up with a coat of Rust-oleum’s Robin’s Egg Blue spray paint:
I kinda loved it at this point, but stopping here would not have added the “layers” needed for this theme, so I kept going by adding petroleum jelly to all the areas I didn’t want the next coat of paint to stick to. Then I followed up with a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Universal All Surface Satin white (my favorite spray paint for furniture)…
You can see the petroleum jelly smeared on under the paint in that photo above.
Then when the paint was barely dry, I took a clean soft cloth and wiped all the areas where I had applied the petroleum jelly, to reveal the blue beneath.
I added the slats using wood glue and my nail gun.
I decided not to worry about filling in the tiny holes.
The pillow and the throw came from HomeGoods last year. The closest I could find to this pillow online was here on Amazon.
I love this layered chippy look. It’s very subtle and the colors give it that calm coastal vibe I love so much.
Spray paint is fantastic for projects like this where a brush would take way too long. Unfortunately it isn’t cheap. I spent about $30 in paint for this project, but with the bed only being $20, that wasn’t too bad.
My boys have all taken turns sitting on it, even my biggest boy. Now I just need to get it out of my house before anything happens to it…if this rain ever lets up!
Want to see how my furniture flippin friends have been inspired to add layers? Check out their makeovers below! 🙂
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